ART & EXHIBITIONS
THE REAL THING
Work by Elspeth Lamb can be seen atthe ‘ Glasgow Print Studio.
Pursuit otthe Real, Art Galleries, Kelvingrove, Glasgow. An exhibition which claims to know where reality lies is almost bound to leel over-conlident. At a time when everyone else is more concerned with the relativity ol objects, with the symbolic or with the political as the most pressing and lruittul areas tor investigation, it is to the credit at the curator at this show, Tim Wilcox, that he has put together a very clear point at view in his selection at work. Whether the viewer then goes along with that point at view is another matter. It is a great pity that another i exhibition about realism, Approaches to Realism, curated by John Roberts, is i touring England with no venue tixed in Scotland. Why not? The two together map out an extremely important debate about the representation of lived experience. To see The Pursuit of the Real without knowing the work at the artists in Approaches to Realism is a bit
like judging lilms lrom the production at Holywood alone. Yes, these are real people that have been painted, but what we see is a representation of them as manipulated by each particular artist. Figure painting is not a kind of phrenology; it happens only in highly contrived situations; we can’t know these people and their lives. The work at Coldstream and Uglow—the mapping out at the temale body in the lite room — is done with a coldness and alienation lrom the model that is verging on the cruel. It is certainly as tar removed lrom the 'reality’ at daily lite as TV cop shows — unless you happen to be a life model. In short, the ‘reality' proposed is torthe most part highly partial (why are all the artists men? Where are Gwen John, Laura Knight, Joan Eardley? Why such an English show?) and sell-validating. In Robert's exhibition the opposite is the case, such as in Rasheen Araeen’s work on racism. There are some exceptions such as Stanley Spencer’s
HUNTERIAN ART GALLERY
University of Glasgow
C. R. MACKINTOSH: ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS
7 July - 28 October 1990 Sponsored by Crouch & Hogg
C. R. MACKINTOSH: A GENIUS FOR DESIGN
7 July - 30 September 1990
CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH: THE ARCHITECTURAL PAPERS Published in association with White Cockade Publishing, Wendlebury
Sponsored by SBT Keppie
Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 800 Mon — Sat 9.30am - 5pm; Sun 2pm - 5pm. Admission Free
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With funds from Glasgow District Council's Festivals Budget
obsessive painting at himselt and his lovers in order to understand better his relationships. The wild card is Lucien Freud. His handling ot paint, particularly in Two Irishmen in Wit and Rellection (Sell-Portrait) is
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"BEYON D THE BARRICADES"
The sacrifice and courage of the people
of South Africa - in photographs
and Linocut prints. UNTIL 20 AUGUST
sponsored by Precious Organisation
Mon-Fri lOam-5.30pm; Sat lOam-4pm
superlative. Standing very close to most at his subjects, he seems to be exploring not so much their relationship as the distance and ditterence between people, with an intensity that at points is metaphysical — but also, in Large Interior, Paddington, leads to one at the most disturbing and problematic paintings by a living artist. (Hilary Robinson)
New exhibitions start in September.
I THE SHELTER GALLERY Renlreys ('ourt. 33‘) 288-1. l lams—l lpm.
Mixed \uirks w ill be on display throughout August.
I SPRINGBURN MUSEUM A) r Street. 557 1405. Mon-In lUSllam—Spm. Sat
lllam 4.3tipin.SunZ- 5pm.
Glasgow‘s Other Glasgows limit 12 Aug. There are eighteen more (ilasgtms in the world. 'lhanktully none ol them are (‘ultural (‘apitals
Child's Play?: Growing up in Springburn 1940—1990 I bid 23 Sept. Researched and tosome extent dictated by local& 12 year-olds. the exhibition traces the changes in a child‘s life oyer the last 5i) years in Springburn through painting. photography . poetry . sculpture and drawings.
I STIRLING'S LIBRARY Royal Iixchange Square. 331 2668. Mon. 'l‘Ue lllam 5pm. Thurs Ill—8pm. l’ri LS; Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2~5pni
Glasgow City olArchitecture thin 31 (iei. Models. artclacts. trail-maps and \ ideos
I STREET LEVEL :79- :si lllllll Street. 5‘: 215] . Wed- Sat 1 lam bpm: Sun 3 4pm. Thomas Annan: Old Closes and Streets ol
: Glasgow I'ntil 1‘) Aug. Nowadays:‘xniian's documentary photographsot l‘lthceiituiy
(ilasgoyy squalor are art pieces. Many ol
these pictures \s ere taken in and around
the High Street. \s here Street Les el is mm Librarianloe l-‘ishei’ssilltallsalsout Annan‘s photographs at "..‘\llpiii. ‘) Aug High Street Landscapes t'niil 1w Aug .\ selection ol contemporary High Street photographs. to complement the .»\iin.in exhibition.
ITHIRD EYE CENTRE .‘iFllSaucbiehall Street. 332 7521. Iue~Sat Warn 5 .illpin. Sun 2~ 5.3llpm.
Tagari Lia: My Family-Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1990 I pt” 2 Sept The most comprehensiye exhibition ot neys Aboriginal art to be presented outside Alistralia. ()yer ~1llztrtlSlSitTC represented.
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FROM A SKETCHBOOK OF THE FIFTIES Drawings and Watercolours by BET LOW
11 - 31 AUGUST
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"TOUCHSTONES" Exhibition of new works on silk & paper 4 August - 1 September
The List lll— lb August l9‘)tl89